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20 questions with Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators

Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators dishes on her passion for design, source of inspiration and favourite renovation.

Jennifer Flores started her blog, Rambling Renovators, in 2007 after purchasing her home with husband, Sean Stanwick. Jennifer, a self-professed "wannabe designer" and Sean, an architect, enjoy chronicling their renovation adventures as they tear down and rebuild their home room by room to perfectly suit their style. This ultimate, do-it-yourself tag team has even taken their love for all things design outside the home and published a book! Focusing on contemporary design, their book, Design City Toronto, showcases interior and architectural projects around Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

After being featured on multiple design sites, magazines and even the Nate Berkus show, I was lucky enough to catch up with Jennifer to find out everything - from her source of design inspiration to how she spends a lazy Sunday.

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1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Jennifer Flores Barbara Barry. Her work is the epitome of timeless livable luxury. Plus, I admire her personal style and she seems to exude class and warmth.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
JF Everywhere really. Whether I’m walking through a shop and notice the great herringbone floor, admiring the colour combo in a package of teas at the grocery, or am drawn to the stack of vintage linens at the thrift shop. I can never tell what will stick with me and what projects or designs it will inspire.

3 Favourite restaurant?
JF Coquine, it’s a local French bistro. It's my husband and my favourite place for date night. But the place I dream of going back to is Ristorante Paoli in Florence, Italy. It’s a hidden gem with vaulted ceilings adorned with 18th century frescoes and the most delicious Tuscan fare.

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
JF Definitely kids’ rooms, nurseries and playrooms. You can be much more playful and fun when decorating these rooms. They also invite you to be bolder with colour and break some of the decorating rules – kids’ spaces dare you to be unexpected, whimsical, and unique.

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